Apple appears to be playing games with shipments of its new iPhone 3G S to customers who ordered online. Earlier promises of "delivery by June 19"
have been replaced by "delivery by June 22." Meanwhile, downloads of
iPhone OS 3.0 updates, promised for today, have apparently not yet
iPhone 3G S
customers report that their phones, according to UPS tracking
information, appear to have arrived in the U.S. from China. Earlier
this week, the tracking site promised delivery to customers as early as
UPS then pulled any mention of a delivery date, saying
instead that the recipient had requested a delivery delay. A call to
UPS revealed that Apple--not the recipient--had demanded the delay.
Now, iPhone 3GS units are scheduled for delivery by 10:30 a.m. on
Friday, according to UPS, which is also now referring delivery
questions to Apple.
Still, the UPS tracking site continues to
report a June 18 delivery to some customers, which is consistent with
Apple's earlier "before June 19" promise. Questioned about this, a UPS
customer service rep repeated that deliveries would actually take place
Almost as anxiously awaited as the new iPhone
is a software upgrade for current owners. iPhone OS 3.0 includes
important new features, such as cut-and-paste and a unique "find my
iPhone" capability to locate and optionally scrub data from a lost
As of 7:45 a.m. PT, using iTunes to request a
software upgrade still reports that Version 2.2.1 is the "current
version" of iPhone software. Apple has some hours to make good on its
promise the upgrade would be available June 17.